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The Great Hunt

(The Wheel of Time #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  275,336 ratings  ·  8,096 reviews
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.
Mass Market Paperback, 705 pages
Published October 15th 1991 by Tor Books (first published November 15th 1990)
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Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The man who called himself Petrik will now review The Great Hunt, the second book in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

Everyone who’ve read the first book most likely knows what the title of this installment implies. The Great Hunt continues immediately from where the first book left off. Allow me to mention how ridiculously repetitive—and hilarious, I guess—the prologue of this book was. It starts with “The man who called himself Bors,” and within a single prologue, the exact phrase “th
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US today 6/27/20

I say this all of the time, but reading old school fantasy books is like reading with a friend. And they remind me of when I was young. I don't know why. Maybe because I'm old school.

Happy Reading!

Mel ❤️
Nimrod Daniel
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Eye of The world has some problems, but this book totally nailed it! The Great Hunt is significantly better in almost every aspect. Book 1 had serious pacing issues and is somewhat generic as it reminded me LoTR in a few ways. It was ok and very average, but not much more than that. It showed some potential, especially toward the ending, but I expected much more from it. Not true true for book 2, though, as Jordan solved a few problems and upped his game. Big Time.

The writing style is just
Dana Ilie
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
There is so much going on in this book, we get to see a few familiar faces when some of the minor characters from the first book make unexpected reappearances but we also have a lot of new people to meet, some you'll immediately love and others will make you much more wary. It's hard to know who to trust and there are definitely lots of side plots and foreshadowing going on that I think will make more sense on a reread (and I can pretty much guarantee I'll be rereading this series again in the f ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

NOTICE: this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14. That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet. Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series. Thank you.

For whatever reason, this is the installment that's held up the least well for me. Not b/c it's not awesome--it absolutely is--but b/c even MORE awesomeness is IMMINENT.

And I know it (b/c fiendish rer
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, library, fantasy, 2020
Probably not a long, in-depth review needed here. This series is long and in-depth enough that if I try to find something deep and meaningful to say with each review, I am going to run out of material very quickly! Here are my random thoughts:

• Similar to book one, but better.
• Lots of dragging in book one, felt like less here. Pacing better.
• Some same characters, some different. Always a lot!
• The first book ended in a way that it felt like more was needed. This one was ended in such a way tha
Sean Barrs
This was no where near as good as the first novel in the series; it completely lacked the initial plot driver that its predecessor wielded. Previously, the innocent, and young, protagonists were taken away from their homes as they were forced to flee for their lives. I wanted to find out exactly why this was going on; thus, I stormed through it. Instead, this premise of this book is Rand attempting to escape from his destiny, which, of course, is pure folly because one does not escape fate: one ...more
The Wheel of Time, book 2: What starts off with more of the previous, first book in the series with non-stop world building and 'our poor innocent protagonists' trying to come to terms with the wider world, slowly but surely evolves into a book and reality that I am beginning to care about it! It just needed some real jeopardy, and despite all the blatant foretelling the 'Great Hunt' for a mythical Horn and a dark dagger gave me some supporting characters of worth and fleshed out the main cast a ...more
Em Lost In Books
While reading Eye of the World, I kept seeing it’s similarities with LoTR but this book simply outshine its predecessor in every way. While first book was a drag in the middle chapters, this one has no such issue and that made it a better reading experience.

This book picks up from where Eye of the World has ended. Horn of Valere has been stolen and it is crucial to get it back before it fell into evil hands and dead heroes could be called back from the graves. So Rand, who is too eager to leave
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2), Robert Jordan

The Great Hunt is a fantasy novel by American author Robert Jordan, the second book of The Wheel of Time series. It was published by Tor Books and released on November 15, 1990. The Great Hunt consists of a prologue and 50 chapters. In 2004 The Great Hunt was re-released as two separate books, The Hunt Begins and New Threads in the Pattern.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش نسخه انگلیسی: شانزدهم ماه ژوئن سال 2018 میلادی

عنوان: شکار بزرگ: کتاب دوم از سری چرخ زمان (
Matt's Fantasy Book Reviews
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars. A step up from the first book and a wonderful addition to the series

While the first Wheel of Time book was good, I thought it suffered from being too similar to The Lord of the Rings. This book feels like Robert Jordan began to write his own story and diverge from where the first book took the reader.

I normally don't enjoy books that are mainly travelling books (looking at you Feast for Crows), but while travelling from Point A to Point B was in large part what this book was about,
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
Loved this one even more than the first book in the series! The world-building is so rich and vast, and the characters are very compelling. This book was so good, I was almost grateful for my hospital time, since it gave me more time to read! (See, there's always a silver lining!)

Also, as of this book, Nynaeve has officially surpassed Moiraine as my favorite Wheel of Time character!

Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
“And it shall come to pass that what man made shall be shattered, and the Shadow shall lie across the Pattern of Age, and the Dark One shall once more lay his hand upon the world of man. Women shall weep and men quail as the nations of the earth are rent like rotting cloth. Neither shall anything stand nor abide...
Yet one shall be born to face the Shadow, born once more as he was born before and shall be born again, time without end. The Dragon shall be Reborn, and there shall be wailing and gna
Aug 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I want to read the next one asap😂. This book is slow, but worth it. I just love this world and the characters. 😍
Robin (Bridge Four)
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If you’ve read a few reviews by me you might know that I’m a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson. This is one reason that 2016 is the year of the Wheel for me since Sanderson finished out this series. As I move along in this series I can see how BS got some of his roots from Jordan. They distinctively have different voices to be sure but one of the reasons I’m enjoying The Wheel of Time series is because of the intricate world building that is going on and the
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve tried, I really have. I just don’t think that Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is for me. I want desperately to read it in its entirety and love it, but I’m roughly 1500 pages in and it’s already a struggle. The sad thing is, the plot and the world building are actually very interesting, as is the magic system and the mysteries it holds. But I just can’t seem to get past the characters. The way women view men, even while fighting over them, is so insanely irritating. The main perspective chara ...more
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Yet one shall be born to face the Shadow, born once more as he was born before and shall be born again, time without end. The Dragon shall be Reborn"

A Full Five Stars: ✰✰✰✰✰.

This book really did it for me. In The Eye of the World, Jordan spends a lot of time laying foundations for the characters, and for the plot as a whole, which made for a very slow experience that required a lot of patience. The worldbuilding and character development, while still very good, was done at an e
Mayim de Vries
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The grave is no bar to my call.”

“The Great Hunt” is an impeccable continuation of the adventure that had started in the first volume. Well-developed arcs, gain a razor-sharp cutting edge as the Author starts using all his advantages: from the intricate worldbuilding to unavoidable tensions rooted in the conflict of aspiration and avoidance to a set of diverse characters, that are both archetypical and unique in their own way. After a stuttered opening, the pacing increases and the smooth course
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The second book in the series, some people complain there are some influences of J.R.R. Tolkien in the first book; this book is where Robert Jordan found his own voice.

For the first time in centuries The Great Hunt is called; its purpose is to find the legendary Horn of Valere which calls the greatest heroes of all times to the battle yet again. Countless number of people wander around looking for it. Rand and company know exactly where the Horn is, but they might have trouble reaching it. It d
What a book! What an amazing journey! Such an epic ending!*Takes calming breaths* I loved this book even more than the first one in the series!

“The Great hunt” begins exactly where “The Eye of the World” left off. So much happens in this second book! I was locked in suspense for the entirety of this novel, especially at the end.

New forces with monstrous creatures and terrible weapons emerge out of seemingly nowhere and shake the foundation of nations.

New threats are added to the old ones. The Da
Jan 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
Well, if the first book in this series diminished somewhat outside the cozy light of memory, this second book absolutely withers away. The plot is listless, its tension flagging between points that are only interesting by comparison. And the characters refuse to evolve. That is, they are all still hung up on the same issues they had at the beginning of the first book, even though they've been through fairly earth-shattering experiences in the intervening pages. I mean, why is Nynaeve still schem ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Born among black, knife-edged peaks, where death roamed the high passes yet hid from things still more dangerous, the wind blew south across the tangled forest of the Great Blight, a forest tainted and twisted by the touch of the Dark One. The sickly-sweet smell of corruption faded by the time the wind crossed that invisible line men called the border of Shienar, where spring flowers hung thick in the trees. It should have been summer by now, but spring had been late in coming, and the land had ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This picked up right after the end happenings of The Eye of the World. Rand and his group of friends have found the legendary Horn of Valere. Unfortunately it is quickly stolen by Darkfriends. It must be found before the Last Battle with the Dark One!

The story started a little slow but definitely got more and more engaging as it progressed. Rand, Mat, and Perrin were on the quest for the Horn and I thought their journey was an interesting one. Egwene and Nynaeve started the Aes Sadai training a
Edward Lorn
Jun 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
I almost made it to page 300 before I realized I wasn't enjoying myself, and that the book as a whole was making me angrier and angrier the farther into it I got. I'd started skimming a 10-page chapter and said to myself, Why the fuck are you still reading this? So I'm done. Before I invest another minute into this rambling-ass of a novel, I'm tapping out.

In summation: I don't care about anyone in this book. I gives not a fuck for the story. I can't believe I made it as far as I did because thi
Valliya Rennell
3.75 stars
**Even though this is a spoiler-free review, there may be spoilers for book 1, The Eye of the World**

HOLY SMOKES THAT ENDING WAS EPIC!!! At this rate, this series will definitely end up on my favorites of all time! After reading The Eye of the World I wouldn't say that I was underwhelmed. I did like the book, I wasn't crazy about it, but I saw that it had potential. I knew that the sequel would have to be at least as good or better in order to really start to see how this is considered
Re-read: August 2020

When asked about the things I identify as, a Reader is on the top of that list. It is what I do. It is part of who I am. So when the coronavirus pandemic hit, I was glad I still had reading to keep me entertained and fell-to voraciously. Now I am at month 5 of unemployment after a pandemic related lay-off and reading is...difficult. I pick up my book, read a page or two, and put it back down. I can't seem to concentrate. Or care.

What to do except pick up an old favorite?

Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
This is such a step up from the first. I feel like quite a lot of plot lines started moving in this, and I’m pumped to see where things start going. This seemed a bit like a filler where we learn a lot more about the world, but not a huge amount happens for the length of the novel. Regardless, I was engaged throughout it and am excited to continue now.
Zitong Ren
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epics, war, fantasy, adventure, 2019
This is a review after my reread. I didn’t write one when I first read the book.

I just finished The Eye of the World before this and comparing the two together, I feel like I do enjoy this one slightly more for a number of reasons. Since this is one of my favourite series ever, there won’t be any real criticisms here but rather why I loved it.

To begin with, we got to see some of Lanfear, who I personally think is the most interesting Forsaken in the entire series for reasons, no spoilers. Despi
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
And men cried out to the Creator, saying, O Light of the Heavens, Light of the World, let the Promised One be born of the mountain, according to the Prophecies, as he was in Ages past and will be in Ages to come. Let the Prince of the Morning sing to the land that green things will grow and the valleys give forth lambs. Let the arm of the Lord of the Dawn shelter us from the Dark, and the great sword of justice defend us. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

The second book in the WoT
*** 5 ***

This book and this series never Ever disappoints! It is magical, bewitching, enthralling, intricate, thought and emotion inducing, addiction promoting, and all together superior to almost any other series I have ever read... !!!

Yep, this is the reason I can not write a review on any of the books in this series. I get into it and then I turn into an absolute and total fan-girl and only superlatives of wonderfulness jump from my brain... It is not that I think the book is perfect (ooo,
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to

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  • The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, #4)
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